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Watching Customers' Diets is Not a Restaurant Manager's Job

A new law known as the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act, was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, and it takes sensible eating out of the realm of restaurant training. Congress created the law in response to obesity lawsuits that place the burden of watching customers' diets on restaurants. Your restaurant school can teach you to serve good food, but no amount of restaurant training can teach you how to keep customers from eating too much.

According to the head of the National Restaurant Association, "Today's action by the House of Representatives emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility and that frivolous litigation is not a solution to addressing the complex issue of obesity."

Of course, it is still a restaurant manager's job to see that the food served is safe, clean, and unadulterated. That is something that has never changed, and it is the basis of the restaurant training program of every restaurant school. It is also the personal goal of almost every person in a restaurant career. One thing that is not part of a restaurant career, or part of a restaurant manager's job, is to offer every restaurant patron training on how to eat wisely.

In other words, French fries don't make people fat. It's eating too many French fries that adds the pounds. The obesity law suits tried to turn the picture around and blame the food providers for what customers ate and how it made them look. Congress is not alone in feeling the responsibility should rest with consumers. Nearly 90 percent of the people who responded to a recent survey stated that the food industry should not be liable for the results of unwise overeating.